Furniture Protector: Choosing the Best Furniture Floor Protector
Home flooring investment is as important as furniture investment, and the best way to protect both investments is a good furniture floor protector. We must put a lot of attention on protecting our floor against issues such as outside contaminants, scratches and stains, and to make sure that every member of our household is aware of good floor-friendly practices, because giving attention to these details are important in achieving a new and lasting home flooring. Many people overlook furniture and chair legs are potential sources of floor damage such as scratches, especially when they are regularly moved back and forth across flooring like for kitchen chairs and tables. Another greater concern when you’re in a home renovation or construction project is the impact of heavier furniture pieces on your flooring that may lead to floor scratches and gouges.
Chairs and furniture legs must be made floor-friendly as another added layer of hardwood floor protection, and there are many products available in the market today, ranging from simple self-adhesive pads to rolling casters which can be mounted to chair and furniture legs. Some of these products may offer greater protection than others, while some work better in different furniture and flooring types. Furniture protector types include self-adhesive felt pads, stick-on or screw on protectors, rubber or Teflon-like grippers, swivel guides casters, cloth furniture gliders, cup-shaped protectors, caster cups, formed-felt pads, and tap in felt pads.
Protect your flooring against scratches with tap-on or nail-on pads, self-adhesive pads and slip-on pads, ideally made for chair legs and light furniture. Tap on or nail pads are very secure, and they’re usually attached to chair legs and furniture legs using a small nail or small screw. When using tap-on pads made from different materials depending on the type of flooring, be mindful of proper installation because poorly installed tap-on pads may damage your floor due to possible exposure of screw or nail. The least expensive are self-adhesive pads, which are peel and stick pads found almost everywhere, but they usually don’t last long as compared to tap-on or slip-on pads. Slip-on pads are made to fit over a furniture leg or chair leg, which are usually made of soft plastic or rubber, and they don’t fall off like self-adhesive pads or don’t have any potential to scratch your floor like exposed or broken tap-on or nail-on pads.
Most chair glides and furniture pads are sold as universal pads, but still be careful in selecting the best furniture floor protector, and take into consideration the floor type you have, whether it’s carpet, hard floors such as ceramic or hardwood, or soft floors like rubber or vinyl. The most common materials in making furniture pads and chair glides include rubber, felt, plastic, cork, and metal.